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Hurricane Bud roars toward Mexican coast

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Hurricane Bud continued to weaken early Friday as it headed toward a string of laid-back beach resorts and small mountain villages on Mexico's Pacific coast south of Puerto Vallarta.

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Egypt results point to deeply divisive runoff race

Posted: 05/25/2012 - The race for the second spot in the runoff was startlingly tight. Former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq appeared to be ahead. But a dark horse leftist candidate was close on his tail

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UN agency finds higher enrichment at Iranian site

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Inspectors have found traces of uranium enriched at an Iranian site to a level that is slightly closer to the threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday.

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Israeli archaeologists find rare ancient jewelry

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare trove of 3,000-year-old jewelry, including a ring and earrings, hidden in a ceramic jug near the ancient city of Megiddo

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Everest climber skips summit, rescues friend

Posted: 05/25/2012 - An Israeli who rescued a distressed climber on Mount Everest instead of pushing onward to the summit said Friday that the man he helped, an American of Turkish origin, is like a brother to him.

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Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria are released

Posted: 05/25/2012 - A group of Lebanese Shiites who were kidnapped in Syria were released in good health Friday, three days after gunmen abducted the men as they returned from a religious pilgrimage, officials said.

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Thai king makes 1st trip outside Bangkok in years

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Thousands upon thousands of devoted Thais feted their 84-year-old monarch Friday on his first trip outside the capital in almost three years, a period marked by his ailing health and national political turmoil

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AU, Somali forces capture town outside Mogadishu

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the spokesman for African Union forces, said the troops moved into Afgoye on Friday and that most of the town was under the coalition's control.

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New telescope to be in South Africa, Australia

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Australia and South Africa will share hosting of a giant radio telescope made up of thousands of separate dishes and intended to help scientists figure out the make-up of the universe.

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Backlash against African migrants in Israel

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Recent rapes blamed on African migrants have ignited a political and emotional backlash against their ballooning numbers, with Israelis and their leaders stridently — and in an alarming new development, violently — calling for their expulsion.

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Investors plan soccer stadium for Haiti shantytown

Posted: 05/25/2012 - A local sports hero, a New York real estate developer and a well-known architect are teaming up to build a soccer stadium in Haiti's notorious Cite Soleil, hoping to revive the seaside shantytown known throughout the hemisphere for its extreme poverty and gang battles.

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Brotherhood claims lead as Egypt vote count begins

Posted: 05/25/2012 - The Muslim Brotherhood has quickly staked a claim for its candidate to advance to a runoff vote, saying its exit polls showed him leading in Egypt's landmark presidential election to succeed ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.

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Pakistan convicts doctor who helped find bin Laden

Posted: 05/23/2012 - A Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison on Wednesday for conspiring against the state, officials said.

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Syria says sanctions have cost country $4 billion

Posted: 05/23/2012 - Syria's oil minister acknowledged the heavy toll international sanctions have taken on the country's oil sector, saying Wednesday that they had sucked about $4 billion from the economy.

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Iran is offered new plans to ease nuclear concerns

Posted: 05/23/2012 - The proposal by the U.S. and its negotiation partners focused on Iran's highest-level uranium enrichment — at 20 percent — which many world leaders fear could be quickly turned into warhead-grade material.

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Azerbaijan basks in glitz, fears exposure

Posted: 05/23/2012 - The capital of this former Soviet republic has shed its dour, industrial image and evolved into a vibrant metropolis combining the old world charms of Istanbul with the architectural ostentations of Dubai.

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Decision next week on Julian Assange extradition

Updated: 05/23/2012 - He is sought by Swedish prosecutors for questioning on sex crimes allegations relating to accusations made against by two Swedish women after he visited that country in 2010.

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